Higher Chances For Warmer And Drier Than Normal Winter

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Little rain has not helped farmers this summer. Now, they're afraid their valuable top soil will be swept away by the wind if little precipitation is in the horizon.

"Even with some rain. It's so dry underneath, it just soaks right through. I've never seen it like this in my life," said Curt Hoobler, farmer near Mulvane. "I'm hoping something happens and breaks this pattern because it makes you pretty sad."

Officials at the National Weather Service said the effects of La Niña, along with historical data of weather after a hot summer, show that the probability of a warmer and drier than normal Fall and Winter tend to increase.

"We're getting a one-two punch here in Kansas. We're getting it historically and also through La Niña so it is looking definitely like it is going to be warmer and drier," said Chance Hayes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Although rain is expected this weekend, the latest outlooks issued by the Climate Prediction Center show warmer and drier conditions for Fall.

"Just because you're in a long term trend, doesn't mean that there are going to be anomalies even within that trend. The fact that we have some rain coming up this weekend, doesn't necessarily mean that we're out of a dry pattern," said Jay Prater, KAKEland managing meteorologist.

But farmers said any rain is welcomed right now.

"It won't be enough but it'll be a band aid on a big wound," said Hoobler. "We'll need more but it'll give us some hope."

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